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Wreath-making event brings in £464 for Marie Curie

Posted on Saturday 5th January 2019 at 9:05 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of participants in the wreath-making event, each holding their finished wreath.

Wednesday 5th December saw a group of women come together at Stoke Gifford Baptist Church to enjoy an evening of mulled wine, mince pies and wreath making in order to raise money for Marie Curie.

The evening proved to be very popular as all 20 tickets were sold within a week. It was very well organised by Jane Marshall, Pippa Rolfe, Jackie Scott, Bernie Bertagne, Angie Robins and Shiela White. Most of the greenery for the wreaths was foraged and many of the decorative items were donated. Local shops, Co-op and Lidl also provided the snacks and drinks for the evening.

Helen Isbell, a community fundraiser for Marie Curie, attended the event and she said:

“This was a great evening. I would like to thank the group for what they do locally in the community. Events like this help raise vital funds towards nursing care and the charity itself. It also helps to spread awareness of what the charity does, especially at this time of year when many of our nurses will be working over Christmas. This event has helped to raise funds for people who might be spending their last Christmas with their families.”

Marie Curie is a charity that provides care and support for people living with a terminal illness, as well as their families. The Marie Curie Five Stokes Fundraising Group work incredibly hard throughout the year to raise vital funds for this charity that is important to each and every one of them. The wreath making was a fun and sociable event to end their year of fundraising. Jane Marshall, chair of the group, said:

“We were overwhelmed with the support for our first Christmas wreath-making workshop in aid of Marie Curie; the evening was full of craft, chatter and Christmas cheer. We were so pleased to raise £464 on the night, which will help fund vital nursing care & support for people with a terminal illness. Requests for the same again next year have already come in!”

The next big fundraising event for Marie Curie is the Daffodil Appeal which will take place in February/March 2019; so look out for the volunteers dressed in bright yellow with their collection buckets!

• For further information, visit the Marie Curie Five Stokes Fundraising Group page on Facebook.

This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 6). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Yarn-bombed Christmas tree to double as blankets for homeless

Posted on Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:29 am by SH (Editor)

Members of the St Mike’s Yarn Bombers (SMYB) with their Christmas tree (l-r): Debbie Bambridge, Emily Preston, Kia Harris, Sara Clothier and Zoe Garde-Evans.

Knitters from St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford have not only created their own Christmas tree from yarn – but when the decorations come down they plan to recycle it into blankets for local homeless charities.

Over 800 woolly green squares have been knitted or crocheted and then stacked into a six-foot tall Christmas tree by the St Mike’s Yarn Bombers (SMYB).

Christmas tree created by the St Mike's Yarn Bombers (SMYB) of Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Whilst thousands of real Christmas trees are recycled into compost – the knitted tree will be dismantled and sewn into at least ten woolly blankets for two Bristol charities supporting homeless people.

The yarn bombing group has been delighting local people with surprise displays and decorations at community events in Stoke Gifford since early 2016 (see previous Journal article here). But when they launched the Christmas tree project they were joined by around a hundred other knitters across Bristol and beyond. Church members, craft groups, family, friends and children produced squares. They were even sent three green squares from a knitter in Washington DC in the United States.

A total of 848 different green squares have been stacked into to the woolly Christmas tree. Of these, 816 have been knitted or crocheted and 32 are made of felt and were decorated by children at the Messy Church which meets once a month at St Michael’s.

More: Blankets will go to Emmaus Bristol and Julian Trust night shelter »

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Community comes together for ‘Carols on the Green’

Posted on Wednesday 12th December 2012 at 12:23 pm by Nikki Hallur

Carols on the Green - organised by St Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The village green outside the Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford was host to crowds of carol singers on Saturday evening (8th December.

The event was organised by St Michael’s Church, with a band and celebratory hymns sung by St Michael’s School Choir and the church choir, joined by residents from the area. The area was decorated with lights, and lyrics to songs were displayed on a screen for the audience to follow and participate in.

Apart from singing carols, many young people held collection buckets to raise money for Carols on the Green. There were refreshments including hot food, traditional mulled wine and festive mince pies. Groups of people of different ethnicities and age groups prayed together for those facing difficulties in other parts of the world. They also prayed for the person standing next to them, which encouraged a sense of connection between unfamiliar faces.

We asked young people what they thought of the event and why it was relevant to them. Most of them did not want to be named individually, but they were enthusiastic to share their views and said that they appreciated the way such gatherings “bring the community together”. They also said that they would encourage those who have never attended St Michael’s events to come along in order to “meet new friends”.

The real message of Christmas, of a common sense of humanity and togetherness, was enjoyed by churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike at this heart-warming event.

Further local events with a Christmas theme in the coming days include a Christmas Concert with the Westerly Showband in the Old School Rooms at 7pm on Saturday (15th December) and a candlelit Carol Service in St Michael’s Church at 6:30pm on Sunday (16th December). More details of these events can be found in our What’s On guide.

More photos of the 2012 Carols on the Green event »

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